AHA Announces Research Funding Application Deadlines

The American Heart Association is in the process of resetting its research award schedule because of disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Listed below are the programs to be offered and application deadlines that have been set for the 2020-21 fiscal year.

Other program offerings may be posted as submission deadlines are finalized. We encourage you to revisit the AHA Application Information page periodically for updates and appreciate your patience.

  • Applications must be received no later than 3 p.m. on the deadline date. Early submission is encouraged.
  • Potential applicants should review the Features of All AHA Awards on the AHA Application Information page for answers to commonly asked questions about eligibility and award details.
  • All proposals must be submitted electronically via ProposalCentral. The system will open eight weeks prior to the application deadline to complete your proposal and upload documents. You can begin to create your documents now; please refer to the AHA Application Instructions.
  • Applicants must be AHA Professional Partners (members) at the time of application. This must be done online. Join or begin the partner process well before the deadline.
  • ProposalCentral/Altum and AHA offices will be closed Thursday, November 26 through Sunday, November 29. Assistance will not be available during this time. Fellowship applicants are strongly encouraged to complete their submissions early.

Award Offerings and Application Deadlines

AHA Predoctoral Fellowship
Enhances the training of promising students in pre-doctoral or clinical health professional degree training programs and who intend careers as scientists, physician-scientists or other clinician-scientists, or related careers aimed at improving global health and wellbeing. One- and two-year fellowships are available.
Application Deadline: Tuesday, December 1, 2020

AHA Postdoctoral Fellowship
Enhances the training of postdoctoral applicants who are not yet independent. The applicant must be embedded in an appropriate research group with the mentorship, support, and relevant scientific guidance of a research supervisor. One-and two-year fellowships are available.
Application Deadline: Thursday, December 3, 2020

Institutional Award for Undergraduate Student Training
This award is made to qualified institutions that can offer a meaningful research experience that supports the AHA mission that encourages undergraduate college students from all disciplines to consider research careers.
Application Deadline: Thursday, January 14, 2021

Career Development Award
Supports highly promising healthcare and academic professionals in the early years of one’s first professional appointment, to explore innovative questions or pilot studies that will provide preliminary data and training to assure the applicant’s future success as a research scientist in the field of cardiovascular and/or cerebrovascular disease research.
Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 16, 2021

New Award Coming Soon:
Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Science
Open to currently funded AHA faculty awardees (e.g., TPA, EI, Merit, CDA, CSA, and SFRN Project PIs) with at least two years of funding remaining at the time of submission. These supplements will support research experiences for predoctoral students or postdoctoral fellows from under-represented ethnic and racial groups in science.